Spotted this crazy machine on Choppertown's uTube channel since it was released, back in Sept 2015. Enjoyed it (A LOT) and saved it for another time when I had a ton of free time to chase it properly... Little did I knew that the whole story is posted right in the video's description... Stupid me!
So almost 9 months after I set my mind into posting up this baby I had the suprise to see that everything was right under my nose, quite of a detective I am ! But what I lack in time frame and sometimes, attention, , I make up with bitchin' pics, videos and complete features, right ?! :)
Ok, enough for the rant... Here's what Sam Turner, the builder of the ''Twin Turbo Diesel AWD Motorcycle'' had to say.... :
''My name is Sam Turner, I am from Atlanta, Georgia. I currently am a Diesel Technician for the United States Postal Service. When I was about 12 years old my father taught me how to use a welder, and ever since then I have been building whatever has popped in my mind. My first motorcycle was when I was 8, my father fixed up an old 70ish model Honda 50cc minibike. From there I worked my way up to a Honda 110, then a Yamaha RT180.
After researching the generator and wheel motors that would be capable of moving this bike, I decided against it because the costs were insanely high. Even though the diesel electric part of the build was shot down, I still wanted to try to do anything I could to keep the AWD aspect. That is when I stumbled across the idea of using hydrostatic drive. It would act basically the same way as a diesel electric but at a fraction of the cost. I picked out a hydraulic pump and 2 hub motors and because the hub motors are designed to only be supported on one side, I needed to design a single sided suspension for the bike. Once I drew up the idea for the suspension I saw that it would be very easy to install air bags so that the bike did not need a kick stand. At this point I began to lay all the pieces out in my garage, and once the engine, air bags, suspension and tires were lined up, the bike was over 11ft long.
At 11ft long I did not want to have goofy looking long handle bars, or have to awkwardly have to stretch out over the backbone of the bike to reach the bars so I ended up building Double push pull cables that would connect the front spindle all the way to the back of the bike where the pivot point of the handle bars were. I ended up using the same setup for my hydraulic reservoir, as Triumph used for oil in the TR650.
The backbone of the bike is a 4in hollow tube that stores 5 gallons of hydraulic fluid, thus eliminating the need for a bulky storage tank. Hydrostatic systems generate a lot of heat so I installed two oil coolers on the side of the bike and fabricated two hood scoops to help re-direct the air through the cooler. I installed two 2.5 gallon air tanks on the side of the bike, and welded cones and fins on them to give them the appearance of bombs. (Love'em !)
At this point the bike started to look like some type of military experiment so I decided to run with that theme. I installed 31x10.5 off-road tires, a heat shield down the reservoir that looked like a gun heat shied, Cross hairs on the backbone. A 2.5 gallon jerry can for a fuel tank, a 5.56 ammo can for a battery box, and painted the bike frame truck bed liner black, and the body panels Olive Drab Green.
Hope y'all like it!''
11ft 3in long
840cc 20 hp Direct injection v-twin diesel engine
Twin RHB31 Turbochargers
Suzuki Swift Intercooler
EATON 2000 series Hub Motor
3.33cu/in per rev. Hydraulic Gear Pump.
31x10.5 MudStar Radial MT
Carrara 400lbs Coil over shocks
2 - AirMaxx 2500 lb. air bags
Airmaxx 150psi 12v Compressor
Parker Hydraulic Hoses
As you might guess the whole ''diesel hoard'' loved the bike while the ''stick up in the ass little manginas'' started to cry about poluation etc... LOL
And of course in the end I have to post up my own stupid comment.... Mad Max & Batman vehicle designers... (you) PUSSIES !!!
Photo credit Sam Turner / Recon Photo / Model Streaky Yates